How Ihsan will be rewarded?
The Almighty Allah is the source of Ihsan and the best destination for human is Paradise. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“As for him who gives and fears Allah. And believes in the best [al-Husna],” (Qur’an 92: 5-6)
Remember, the best thing (al-Husna) is Paradise.
Ihsan will be rewarded by Paradise
“I have prepared (Jannat) for My obedient servants what no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, and no human heart has ever imagined” (Bukhari, Muslim)
This is the reward of those people who have done good deeds in the worldly life.
“For them who have done good is the best [reward] and extra. No darkness will cover their faces, nor humiliation. Those are companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally” (Qur’an 10:26).
The happiest person in the world is the one who can gain the pleasure of Allah.
Scholars say that “much more” means looking at the honored face of Allah.
“Many faces will be bright on that day. They will look to their Lord” (Qur’an 75: 22-23)
In another verse, Allah says:
But the greatest bliss is the Good Pleasure of Allah. (Quran 9: 72)
He is in Paradise
In Paradise there will be:
And (there will be) Companions with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes (Quran 56:22)
The Muhsin always holds his head up high, because he does his work perfectly and completely, unlike the one who is lagged behind, for he will be upset for an entire month because of being rebuked.
This is the law of honor. You may be a doctor, a craftsman, a merchant, a father, a husband or anything else, you cannot gain full honor unless you are Muhsin. The word Muhsin is a wide concept in Islam and every deed in life is either considered as Ihsan (good deed) or Isa’ah (evil deed) to Allah.
“The best reward (paradise) for those who do good deeds.”
Here ‘good deeds’ refers to the deeds that are done in this worldly life
There is a paradise on earth and a paradise in the Hereafter. He who does not realize the Paradise of this world will not be able to enter Paradise in the Hereafter. The following verse proves this:
“Then He will admit them to Paradise, which He has revealed to them. (That is, they will know their places in Paradise as they knew their abode on earth)” (Qur’an 47:6)
They tasted it in the worldly life.
Everything is managed by Allah, but tests are taken to teach people lessons.
The heart of the believer is full of peace, happiness and purity
Allah bestowed all upon us graces. He makes the world to indicate His Existence, Oneness and Perfection. Remember, He revealed the Divine Books to us. He has sent us Prophets (peace be upon them). And He also made some incidents of the daily life means to lead us to Him. Accordingly, all people are supposed to pass the trials in life (the Divine Test). Thus, trials are only means to put people in the right order. Allah says:
“[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving” (Qur’an 67:2).
Allah tests people. Then Allah rewards those who guard against evil.
“…And We will increase the doers of good in goodness and reward.” (Quran 2:58).
Whether you are a father, teacher, professor, lawyer or doctor, you need to be a Muhsin who will make you pure, honest, truthful and beautiful. Thus, every
Muhsin person will be a good example and accordingly he will get double reward, one for his great qualities and the other for those who follow his steps. Allah says:
“Certainly, there has been in them an excellent example for you to follow.” (Qur’an 60: 6).
If you do well and people follow you, you will be doubly rewarded.
Ihsan should be moderate
“And spend in the path of Allah (Jihad of all kinds) and do not throw yourselves into destruction (by not spending your wealth in the path of Allah).” (Quran 2:195)
If you spend all your wealth, you throw yourself into destruction.
Also, even if you spend nothing, you throw yourself into destruction. So, Ihsan is in the middle of these two.
Ihsan in this verse is moderate spending.
“And let not your hand be tied (like a miser) to your neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach (like a spendthrift), so that you become blameworthy and in severe poverty” (Quran 17:29)
“And some of them say: O My Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the Hereafter.” (Quran 2: 201).
Some great Islamic scholars have said, “The welfare of the worldly life is a virtuous wife, whom the husband finds peace when he looks at her. In the absence of her husband, she protects her honor and obeys every word of her husband.”
“The rich according to his means, and the poor according to his means, a gift of reasonable amount is a duty on the doers of good.” (Quran 2:236)
From this verse you can say that, the rich ‘Muhsin’ should not pay only the minimum amount; instead he should pay the maximum amount.
Success lies in being Muhsin (good-doer) and upright.
Pay attention to this verse
“Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan.” (Quran 2:245)
If you feed a cat, this will be a goodly loan to Allah, the same goes for serving a person, rescuing a sick man, feeding the hungry, helping the seniors, giving your seat in the bus to an old man, putting a straw you find on the ground of the Masjid in your pocket or even saving an ant on the sink from drowning before you offer Wudu. All these things are good deeds, and they are considered a goodly loan lent to Allah.
“Surely the mercy of Allah is near to the doers of good” (Qur’an 7:56)
The greatest motivation for your good deeds is to gain the mercy of Allah, because this is the ultimate success. Allah’s mercy means that you are stable, happy, secure, satisfied, wise, and you have a disciplined family, a virtuous wife and a dutiful child.
Ihsan is a wide door and a way to get closer to Allah
“Invoke your Lord with wisdom and admonition, and argue with them in a way that is best” (Qur’an 17: 125).
So, you should use beautiful words when you call someone in the path of religion, and you should be more careful in choosing words when debating.
Ihsan is the shortest path and the widest door through which we reach Allah.
For those who do good will get a good reward (Paradise) and much more.
Surely, Allah loves those who guard against evil.